- Half Day
- Superb1016 Reviews4.8
The day trip to Ourika valley from Marrakech is one of the most popular Marrakech excursions. You will follow the trails of the Berbers of Morocco and explore the Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages with its weekly markets, and hike to the western slopes of the High Atlas Mountains.
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Your full-day excursion to Ourika Valley will start at 09h00 AM with a drive across the Houz Plains and stop at the local ladies' Argan oil cooperative to see how this liquid gold is extracted, and some fine cosmetic products are made.
We will continue to Tnin Ourika, one of the largest Berber Souks in the area, where all the Villagers from the Ourika Valley come once a week to trade & buy their goods.
From here, we will follow the Ourika river driving next to the stream up to the Berber village of Setti Fatma, where most of the locals in Marrakech escape to summer heat and spend a day under the shades of the walnut trees.
For those who would like to explore the Valley on foot, local hiking guides are available for hire to walk you to some stunning cascades and back. If you fancy a lazy day, relax at one of the cafés on the riverbank and enjoy the rest of the day listening to the sound of the stream with the High Atlas Mountains as a backdrop.
Local cafés are available for a light lunch and can accommodate all budgets.
Drive back to Marrakech late in the afternoon, where your day trip to Ourika Valley will end with a drop-off at your hotel or Jamaa Elfna Square.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Ourika Valley to choose from to take a lunch or a snack. You can choose from classic restaurants located inside guesthouses located in Berber villages. The best option ( weather permitting ) is the riverside cafes that serve BBQ and delicious Moroccan salads under the shade of walnut trees.
Setti Fatma waterfalls represent the best hiking opportunity in Ourika Valley. You can hike from the village of Setti Fatma ( 1500 m above sea level ) to the first waterfall at an altitude of 1700 m above sea level. This walk can take up to 2 hours. If you are a trekking fan, you can hike further to visit the 7 waterfalls at 2200 m above sea level. This adventure requires 4 hours, and it requires an expert local hiking guide for your safety.
If you visit Ourika Valley with children, visiting a Berber house, riding a donkey or a camel along the stream, and paying a visit to a small Berber farm are considered the best activities for children.
It would take around 45 min to reach Ourika from Marrakech. However, if you travel through the fastest route, Via P2017, you have to cover just 40 Km to get to Ourika Valley from Marrakech.
You can enjoy hiking the Atlas Mountains and cherish the beauty of this countryside. Also, the best part of Ourika Valley day trip is seeing the waterfalls of Setti Fatima. Other good things to see are Argon oil Cooperatives and Berber Village, located alongside the Ourika River. Le Jardin du Safran and Ghmat are some excellent spots that you should not miss.
You can visit throughout the year, but the busiest month in Ourika are September, November, and March. The hotel and flights will be the most expensive during these months. Kindly prepare yourself in Advance if you plan to visit during these months.
The full-day trip to Ourika Valley from Marrakech was fantastic. It was a good escape from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Because my Riad was in the souk, I was instructed to meet the driver in front of Cafe de la France. Mohamed, our guide, is a gem with a wealth of expertise. Climbing, lunch by the river, and a visit to a genuine Berber home were all enjoyable activities. Vegetarian alternatives were available at our eatery. Bring your hiking boots with you.
Fantastic trip and tour Company. I was really well looked after and felt quite safe, which was very essential to me as a solo female traveller. They arrived at my Riad's door to pick me up and walk me to their vehicle, which was not included, but after I asked, they offered it without hesitation.
We had a fantastic day excursion with our tour guide! Prepare for several stops along the route to Ourika Valley, and bring excellent running shoes for the trek to the waterfall! Wonderful day excursion! Thank you very much!